KASESE FAILS TO HIT TARGETED NUMBER OF PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE SECOND DOSE OF CHOLERA
BY ALEX BALUKU
KASESE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER, 13, 2021
The Ministry of Health has expressed disappointment with Kasese District Health Department over its failure to hit the targeted number of people who were supposed to receive the second dose of oral cholera vaccine.
Recently, Kasese district received 354,880 doses of oral cholera vaccine to vaccinate 396,000 people but to the disappointment of the officials from the Ministry of Health, only 315,015 people amounting to 87.4% were vaccinated from the hotspot sub-counties of Lake Katwe, Isango, Kitholhu, Munkunyu and Kisinga among others.
Last year, the district registered at least 90%.
At an evaluation meeting that was held last week at the district headquarters, Peter Kalebye, the Central Supervisor from the Ministry of Health lashed at the District health officials for their alleged to mobilize the masses to embrace the vaccine.
He was responding to a report presented to him by the District Bio-Statistician, Constantine Thembo who indicated that their scorecard had reduced from 90% as of last year to 87.4% this year.
Thembo said the decline could have been allegedly caused by the little time that the Ministry allocated for the exercise. The exercise started on September 05th and ended yesterday September 10th.
Earlier, the Kasese District Assistant Health Officer in-charge of Maternal Health, Loy Muhindo Sekalombi, had attributed the failure to hit the target to lack of teamwork among the implementers.
According to Sekalombi, some cases of misconceptions in the community could have been facilitated by a group of people that they had entrusted to carry out the exercise.
Christopher Macumu, the Secretary for Social Services who represented the District L. C V Chairperson pledged to report the alleged weakness among the District Health Team to his supervisors for their intervention.